Klein rampages past big names
KINGSCLIFF ripper Codie Klein carved her way to another outstanding win at the Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage at Duranbah on the weekend.
The talented teen shred the testing 0.5m beach break conditions to claim the prestigious under-16 event ahead of a host of the region's big name groms.
In doing so, Klein qualified for the international leg of the prestigious junior surfing series, along with under-16 boys winner Noa Deane.
Coolangatta's Deane captured the blue ribbon event with a combined heat total of 15.67 (out of a possible 20), which included a massive 9.0 ride (out of a possible 10).
The 15-year-old stylishly attacked the beach break peaks to take out the final ahead of Tommy Boucout (Ocean Shores), Josh Sherwell (Mooloolaba) and Jake Cumberland (Kirra).
Deane said he was extremely proud to claim the crown and enjoyed the refreshing approach to the often cut-throat format of traditional junior surfing competitions - all competitors surf three heats without elimination, with each surfer's combined three-heat total, along with bonus points allocated for heat placing, are calculated to determine the finalists.
“I was confident heading into the final but knew in the back of my mind that there were some talented surfers out there,” he said.
Meanwhile Noosaville grommet, Nick Callister, 13, outclassed the youngsters to win the under-13 boys division, while Moffat Beach's Laura Poncini was too good in the respective girls competition.
Impressed with what he saw across the board, Surfing Queensland events manager Scott Gillies had buckets of praise for the growing event.
The International Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage will be held at Cronulla in December.